Nellie"s Needles

Sunday, January 07, 2007

"Kiss My Foot" Shoe - Constructing the Quilt

Every wardrobe needs a basic black shoe. This one is made from black silk shantung. The tulle is trimmed away so the texture of the silk is revealed. I couldn't resist the little kick of adding lips puckered for a kiss at the heel ... only to really be seen when she's walking away. The red Christian Louboutin shoe that had inspired me had a rosette under the heel that left an imprint behind. He called them his "follow me" shoes.
In a previous posting I explained how each block was constructed and quilted. To put the quilt together, a row of blocks was sewn together by butting the raw edges of two blocks and attaching one to the other with a wide zig-zag stitch. A narrow 1/2" flattened tube of fabric (seam pressed open on the under side) was machine appliqued on the back side to cover the zig-zag stitched seam. Then the sashing that represents the colored light framing the display was appliqued on the front of the quilt to hide the zig-zag seam as well as the two applique seams. A silver cord was couched at the edge of the sashings to give a highlight to the neon. After all the vertical rows of blocks were assembled, I sewed the sections together in the same way ... 1/2" sashing tube on the back, the neon light sashing on the front, and the silver cording couched to the edges.
This way of constructing completed (quilted) sections for a large quilt works well for me. I cannot imagine trying to free-motion quilt on a home sewing machine a piece that is this large (70"x70"). I had a difficult time getting the last two sections together. I even stated rather loudly at the time as I wrestled that bulk through the machine, "This is my LAST really big wall quilt!!!" Well, we'll see if I truly meant that down the road.

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6 comments:

Maureen said...

Twelve months ago a young friend of mine embarked on a "shoe journey" for one of her children's teachers.
Nellie,the research you share and your gorgeous shoes remind me of Catherine!
I've enjoyed every step along the way!

jenclair said...

I love this quilt! It has been a pleasure to follow with you through the various shoes and techniques. Thanks, Nellie.

Helen said...

Nellie, that is a truly wonderful quilt. Eat your heart out Imelda! (Marcos)

Helen said...

Sorry Nellie, I have just realised that the quilt is called Imelda's Dream (so I didn't need to put Marcos in brackets did I?)

Karen said...

I love this walk through your quilt! I just finished a free motion machine stitched quilt that was a fraction of the size of this and that was tough!! I like the way you put this together, makes sense to me too. But I lay odds that you will end up making another large quilt down the road some...

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